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Bringing laws into harmony

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Cite as: (2005) 79(4) LIJ, p. 14


A federal parliamentary committee inquiry into the harmonisation of legal systems within Australia and between Australia and New Zealand was announced by federal Attorney-General Philip Ruddock at a Law Institute of Victoria (LIV) event.

The inquiry was a significant initiative toward the harmonisation of Australian laws, Mr Ruddock told the LIV’s Government Lawyers Group inaugural annual general meeting on 22 February.

“I have referred to the House of Representatives Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs an inquiry into the harmonisation of legal systems within Australia and between Australia and New Zealand,” he told the gathering of about 70 people.

“The committee will have particular reference to those differences that have an impact on trade and commerce.

“In conducting the inquiry, the committee will focus on ways of reducing costs and duplication.”

The terms of reference for the committee included examination of statutes of limitations, legal procedures, partnership laws, service of legal proceedings, evidence law, standards of products and legal obstacles to greater federal-state and Australia-New Zealand cooperation.

The inquiry would identify further areas for major reform and where modifications could be made in areas where significant work had already occurred, he said.

Membership of the Government Lawyers Group is open to LIV members who are legally qualified public sector employees of federal, state or local governments, agencies and statutory bodies in Victoria.

For further information contact Suzanne Jukic on ph 9607 9381 or email sjukic@liv.asn.au.

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